Monday, 9 October 2017

How to make mini crocheted pumpkins - Free pattern

I know I'm a tad bit late, but here's wishing you all a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!! It's the last day of the Thanksgiving long weekend and it's starting to get chilly, here I am snuggled up in my blanket writing this post. As we are approaching the rainy days, I'm looking for ways to brighten my mood by working on some colourful projects. 
Of late I have been working on multiple projects simultaneously, giving myself very less time to complete and blog about them. But I sometimes find it easier to switch between projects than get bored and abandon it completely.

This weekend, I have been going crazy crocheting pumpkins as part of my crocheted fall decor. They are small and so quick to whip up that you can make many in a day. I made 6 of them and I'm planning to make more. I think I'll take them to my workplace for some Halloween decorations. 

Unlike my other 'show and tell' posts, this one comes with a free pattern for the pumpkins :-)
So go ahead and make some as gift for your family and friends or maybe even yourself. Why not!





What you need
1. Some worst weight yarn in orange, green(preferably dark green) and dull white colurs.(I used Red Heart Super saver yarn in Carrot, Paddy green and Aran fleck shades) 
2. 4mm crochet hook(It's better to use a smaller size as it makes the stitches nice and snug)
2. A pair of scissors and yarn needles to weave in ends.

How to make the pumpkin
 (Pattern is in US terminology)
1. Make a magic circle. 

Rd1: (With Orange or white yarn) Ch2 and crochet 7 dcs in the circle and make a sl stitch to join to the top of Ch2. (8 stitches)

Rd2: Ch2 and 1dc in the same stitch as you joined in Rd1. 2 dc in the next stitch and each stitch around. Sl stitch to join to the top of Ch2.

Rd3: Ch2 and 1 dc in the same stitch as you joined in Rd2. 1 dc in the next stitch. *(2dc in next stitch, 1dc in next stitch)* Repeat all the way around. Sl stitch to join to the top of Ch2.

Rd4: Ch2 and 1 dc in the same stitch as you joined in Rd3. 1dc in each stitch around. Sl stitch to join to the top of Ch2.

Rd5: Same as Rd4

Rd6: *(Dc2tog, 1dc)* all the way around. Sl stitch to join to the first stitch.

Rd7: Same as Rd6. Join green yarn as you sl stitch in to the first stitch(for the pumpkin stalk).

Rd8: 1dc in each stitch around.

Rd9: hdc2tog and hdc all the way around.

Rd10: hdc in each stitch around and fasten off with a 4inch tail of yarn. 

Use a yarn needle and the yarn tail to close the opening.

Now you should have a sphere shape with a stalk. We need to give it the pumpkin shape by 

hope you have fun crocheting pumpkins for your fall decorations!! :-) 
Till I post again!
Ranjitha


Sunday, 9 July 2017

This and that!

Well I'm back again after a few months. I was busy preparing for interviews. Preparing for technical interviews always requires some prep work even though you have been working on technical stuff everyday. I'm happy to tell you all that I cleared the interview and have started work as well. I like my new workplace a lot. The commute is slightly longer than my previous job, but I'm getting used to it. With all this going on , my blog always seems to take a backseat. :-(

We had a couple of days off before I started work at my new place and we visited Banff in Alberta, Canada. It is the most picturesque place on earth. If you have been there , then you will agree with me.

It has a lot of lakes which are surrounded by mountains and each of those lakes are spectacularly blue in color.

This was Lake Emerald in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, which totally lived up to it's name. This is at the border of British Columbia and Alberta.

This is a breathtaking view of a reservoir near Grassy Lakes. We had to hike a few miles to the top for this viewpoint which was totally worth it. :-)


Since we went in May, a few lakes had not melted completely. This is a panoramic view of Peyto Lake.  I can totally imagine the blue/green colour it will have once it melts.


We got lucky to come across some wildlife as well on our way to Lake Minnewanka and Lake Johnson. 



After resuming work, I have been crocheting a bit in the evenings and on weekends. I don't have any big projects to show but just mini ones :-)
Inspired by the beautiful weather outside, I made this colorful cacti.







I've kept one of the cacti on my desk at work.


Of late, I've been watching many Korean TV Series and cooking Korean food. 
I'm currently hooked to this drama called Defendant .
Last time I made a vegan version of doenjang jjigae (Korean soybean paste stew)

A couple of weeks ago, I got inspired by a Korean rice dish called Bibimbap (which means mixed-rice in Korean) and made a vegan version of it too. :-) 
It basically has white rice with lots of vegetables and a spicy sauce made with red chili paste. 
Living in Vancouver which has a large Asian population, I usually don't have any problems finding any ingredients like soybean paste, red chili paste and red chili flakes. :-)


A lot of vegetables go into this dish and it's very tasty and wholesome too.


How is the weather in your city? I hope you are having a great day/night on your side of the world!
I promise to try to post more regularly. :-)
-Ranjitha

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Tangerine!!

Hi there,

It's a rainy Sunday afternoon for us here and I'm happy to have found time to write this post.

My latest project has been a crochet amigurumi monkey. When I found this pattern , I instantly fell in love with the cute faces those monkeys had and decided to make one.

I was so busy crocheting and eager to finish it that I forgot to take photos of all the parts.
Here are some of the in-progress pics.

The ears of this monkey are large and layered, but the pattern also has smaller ones if you want to try those. 


The muzzle looks so cute, I might make another just for the muzzle 😂



I was initially contemplating adding eye patches but eventually decided against it.
I used an alternate version of a french knot to make the eyes.



All done!! :-)


The monkey stands upright with the help of it's tail as I added chenille stems inside the tail instead of stuffing it. I loved this idea :-)





Tangerine will very soon find a new home and will be loved by my niece :-)


It was a quick and fun project :-) If I find time , then I might make another in a different colour.
How is your weekend going? I hope to find more time for crochet in the coming weeks and can't wait for spring to be here. 
Rain , rain go away!!

Till I post again,
Ranjitha